From July 24-26, 2020, Jay Shaaban along with two fellow recent graduates from Chapman University Law School, competed in the International Online Mediation Competition, sponsored by ADR/ODR International out of London. 34 teams from 17 countries in Europe, Asia, and North and South America competed. Jay was part of the only North American team. Teams competed both as mediators and as advocates/clients in 90-minute rounds. Jay and his team made the top four advocates/clients and advanced to the semifinal round. Unfortunately, they lost a very close round and did not advance to the finals.
One of the interesting aspects of the online competition format was that due to the wide range of countries competing, the 4 rounds Jay and his teammates competed in were based on Dubai time. For Jay and his teammates, the rounds began at 3 a.m. California time. Jay and his teammates had to be alert, and ready to negotiate and mediate in the early hours of the morning.
Jay received praise and recognition from event staff and judges from around the world for his negotiation and mediation skills.